This January, in celebration of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is partnering with two local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants for a “30 Men in 30 Days” volunteer recruitment campaign. The simple goal is to recruit 30 new male volunteers to serve as Big Brothers in the community.
Currently, there are more than 30 boys in the Southern Kane and Kendall county area waiting to be matched to a mentor. Though more than 80 percent of the children waiting for a mentor are boys, only 3 out of 10 people applying to volunteer are men. Some boys have been waiting for a Big Brother for over a year.
BBBS and Buffalo Wild Wings in Aurora and in Oswego are working together to address the lack of male mentors in the community by hosting an event every Monday night during January. People who visit Buffalo Wild Wings to learn more about mentoring will receive a coupon for free wings and will be entered in a raffle for prizes donated by Euclid Beverage LTD in Aurora and Superior Beverage Co in Montgomery.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. Volunteers, or “Bigs”, are carefully interviewed and screened with a layered background check before being matched to a child, a “Little”, based on shared interests. Once volunteer and child (typically age 6-12) have been matched together, they meet several times a month and build a relationship characterized by trust, guidance, positive role modeling, and fun. The agency supports all program participants by giving advice and guidance, and hosting activities every month.
Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties, a program of Family Counseling Service at 630-844-9090 or www.aurorafcs.org
Buffalo Wild Wings 1460 North Orchard Road #104, Aurora, IL 60506
January 7th and 21st from 6:00-8:00pm
Buffalo Wild Wings 1550 Douglas Road, Oswego, IL 60543
January 14th and 28th from 6:00-8:00pm